Quake in northwestern Iran kills 4, injures 70

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

A magnitude 7 quake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

The 5.9-magnitude tremor struck in the early hours of Friday in East Azerbaijan province, Iran's Seismological Center said.

In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude natural disaster destroyed the historic city of Bam in the south-east of the country, killing 26,000 people.

The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran.

At least 312 people have been injured, although only 13 of them needed treatment in hospital, according to state TV. It described numerous injuries happening when people fled in panic.

Iranian media gave no further details about the casualties, but Iranian state TV said the quake was felt in several towns and cities.

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Iran sits on two major tectonic plates and is prone to frequent seismic activity.

Back in August 2012, over 300 were killed and more than 3,000 injured after twin earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.2 rocked the province, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

There are initial reports that three small villages in the area were destroyed in the quake, semi-official FARS news reported. Shallower earthquakes are more likely to cause greater damage.

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